Chemistry/Biochemistry - Phase II Application

SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION BY:

  • 11:55 PM ON THE FIRST DAY OF COURSES OF SPRING QUARTER, 2 YEARS PRIOR TO YOUR ANTICIPATED GRADUATION DATE

  • Late applications will not be considered until the following year!

  • TRANSFER STUDENTS:  YOU MUST BE ADMITTED TO WESTERN TO APPLY TO PHASE II OF THE PROGRAM.

*Seats for Phase II Majors in the BS-Chemistry and BS-Biochemistry program are lab space limited to 32 seats (each) per year.*

*Seats for the Phase II Majors in the BA-Chemistry program are space limited to remaining seats (usually 10-16 students) in CHEM 461-Physical Chemistry I.*


Please complete the form below to apply for Phase II of your major; after carefully reviewing the below information - which you will attest you have read and understand.

  1. Admission to the BA/BS-Chemistry and BS-Biochemistry programs is a two-phase process.  
    • Students initially declare as a pre-major (Phase I) and admission to full-major status (Phase II) is determined by academic performance (GPA) as a pre-major (in Phase I) and other factors.
  2. Admission to programs are space limited.  
    • Neither completion of the prerequisites nor attainment of any specific GPA guarantees admission.
  3. In order to apply for full-major (Phase II) status, students must have successfully (with a C- or better) completed ALL pre-major (Phase I) courses outlined below.
    • Students who will complete the coursework prior to the beginning of Phase II courses (the following fall), should still apply with the understanding that they may be asked to re-apply after course completion or be re-evaluated after course completion.
  4. Advanced Placement (AP) scores are converted to letter grades as follows:  5=A, 4=B, 3=C
  5. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement may repeat one of the Phase I (Pre-Major) courses for the purpose of increasing their GPA and to become eligible for Phase II. 
    • If a student repeats a course, the new grade replaces the existing grade.  
      • The second instance of the course will be used, regardless of which instance of the course has a higher grade.
    • In order to be eligible for Phase II consideration, all Phase I courses must have passing grades.  
      • Please be aware, a passing grade is “D-,“ while the minimum for major (and prerequisite) satisfaction is “C-.”
  6. If you are not initially admitted to Phase II of your desired program, you will also be assessed for admission to the other programs.
    • All applicants will be cross-evaluated for eligibility in other programs, should they not be admitted to their desired program.
    • Students seeking BS program waitlist status may, later, be admitted should space become available.
      • Students on BS program waitlists should pursue the appropriate coursework (under advisement) to graduate in a timely fashion, should they later be admitted to a BS program.
        • For example:  Students waitlisted for the BS-Chemistry program should still complete the additional math course (MATH 204) and be sure they have room in their study plan for 9 credits of advanced electives (from approved list). 
  7. Submit completed online application via this webform by the first day of courses of the Spring quarter 2 years prior to anticipated graduation date.
    • ​​Late applications will not be considered until the following year.
    • Phase II admission decisions will be announced in May prior to Fall quarter registration.
      • All accepted applicants must meet with the Chemistry Program Coordinator to complete the Official Change of Major Form and confirm their plan of study.
      • Your major status will not reflect Phase II until the form is completed.
        • Failure to have your records updated will cause registration restriction issues.  Meaning, you will be restricted form registering for Phase II courses.
    • To review the writing prompts at the end of the Phase II application, see the following document: 
  8. You are responsible for providing accurate information.  
    • If you need to review your grades, you may view your unofficial transcript and Transfer Equivalency Report by logging in to Web4U.
    • If your responses are found to be dishonest, you will be disqualified.  

 

Please see the Chemistry portion of the Catalog for more information.

  • BS-Chemistry degree requires a minimum Phase I GPA of 3.0 for priority  Phase II review.
    • Maintaining a 3.0 (or 2.5 for BA-Chemistry) GPA in Phase I coursework is not a guarantee of Phase II approval.
    • Phase II approval is not a guarantee of enrollment in any given course.
      • Phase I coursework for BS-Chemistry is as follows:
        • CHEM 121-123 (or CHEM 125, 126 & 225 - General Chemistry, Honors)
        • CHEM 351 & 352
        • MATH 124 & 125 (or MATH 134 & 135 - Calculus, Honors ~or~ MATH 138 - Accelerated Calculus)
        • PHYS 161
          • ​​Students must have completed PHYS 161 in winter quarter of the year they apply to Phase II in order to be prepared for CHEM 461 the following fall.
  • BS-Biochemistry degree requires a minimum Phase I GPA of 3.0 for priority  Phase II review.
    • Maintaining a 3.0 GPA in Phase I coursework is not a guarantee of admission to Phase II courses within any specific quarter or timeframe.
      • Phase I coursework for BS-Biochemistry is as follows:
        • CHEM 121-123 (or CHEM 125, 126 & 225 - General Chemistry, Honors)
        • CHEM 351 & 352
        • BIOL 205
  • BA-Chemistry degree requires a minimum Phase I GPA of 2.5 for priority  Phase II review.
    • Maintaining a 2.5 GPA in Phase I coursework is not a guarantee of Phase II approval.
    • Phase II approval is not a guarantee of enrollment in any given course.
      • Phase I coursework for BA-Chemistry is as follows:
        • CHEM 121-123 (or CHEM 125, 126 & 225 - General Chemistry, Honors)
        • CHEM 351 & 352
        • MATH 124 & 125 (or MATH 134 & 135, or MATH 138) 
        • PHYS 161
        • ​Students must have completed PHYS 161 in winter quarter of the year they apply to Phase II in order to be prepared for CHEM 461 the following fall.​​​
 
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Please certify that you have read and understand the above policies and procedures regarding this webform.
Please enter your last name as it appears on your WWU student account.
Please enter your first name as it appears on your WWU student account.
Please enter you WWU Student ID (W#)
If you are a current student, please enter your WWU student email address. If you are a transfer student that does not yet have a WWU student email address, you may use your personal email address. Outside addresses will not be accepted from current students.
Please enter the quarter you expect to complete Chemistry/Biochemistry major coursework. This may be prior to your expected graduation date. For example: Spring 2017, major coursework will be completed. But, you are staying for an additional 2 quarters to complete pre-med or minor requirements, so won't graduate until Fall 2017. The committee needs to know when you anticipate completion of major coursework; so, you would enter Spring 2017, even though you won't graduate until Fall 2017.
All students will be cross-evaluated for all three programs. Select your first choice for Phase II consideration.
Please select yes or no. If you are enrolled in courses at WWU, you are not considered a transfer student for this purpose. If you have not yet enrolled at WWU and are planning to enroll in Fall, as a Phase II major, please select "yes."

If you have transfer credits to apply toward the major, please provide the Chemistry Program Coordinator with unofficial transcript(s) from transfer institution(s).

Emailed in PDF format is preferred and can be submitted to chemistry@wwu.edu .

Please indicate if you have been accepted to enroll in WWU for Fall or earlier. If you are a current student, please select "No" for your answer to "Are you a transfer student?"

In order to be eligible for Phase II review, you must be admitted to WWU.

Please contact the Chemistry Department Program Coordinator for further instruction. Email the department at chemistry@wwu.edu .